What's for sale?
This is a hammered copper and brass wine jug or pitcher with lid, made in the early 20th century by the famous German manufacturer WMF.
It has a slender, elegant shape with a flared base and short looped handle, which makes the body appear taller than it actually is.
There is an embossed pattern resembling bunches of grapes, which repeats around the base. The base, handle and finial are brass; the body, spout and lid are copper and it has been lined with tin for food use.
Who made it and when?
It was made by the German metal ware manufacturer WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik). On the base is the maker's mark, a horizontally-lined square containing a plain rhombus with running ostrich above a 'G'. This mark dates between 1903 and 1910, although this jug isn't listed in the 1906 WMF catalogue. The 'G' in the mark stands for the WMF home town of Geislingen, which is on the River Fils near Ulm in Baden-Württemberg, in the South of Germany. Above the mark is the number 14.
What condition is it in?
- In very good condition
- It has a nice and even patina
- The hinge and lid work well
What are the measurements?
- 28.5cm high (11.25 inches)
- 13cm from spout to handle (just over 5 inches)
- 12cm in diameter at the base (4.75 inches)
- Capacity is 1 litre
- 555 grams
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